Here are the landing spots being talked about and why a swap will or will not go down.
Vince Ellis of the USA Today reported that the Pistons aren’t willing to trade players who’d make a Cousins deal possible. He wrote:
And let's get this out of the way—the Pistons aren't the least bit interested in dealing away Monroe or Drummond. Drummond is untouchable and Monroe is at the level just below. A source e-mailed me with this Sunday night: “We have two, young big men—they're 'Pistons.”
Who does that leave? Brandon Knight and Rodney Stuckey? Unless Detroit makes Drummond or Monroe available, Cousins isn’t headed to Motown.
David Aldridge of NBA.com reported that the Celtics are interested in acquiring Cousins.
The problem with Boston, though, is that its best offer would be a package made up of Avery Bradley, Jared Sullinger and Fab Melo. First off, that swap wouldn’t be in the Kings’ best interest to accept. And according to Aldridge, the Celtics are unlikely to even offer Bradley’s services.
Right now, Charlotte may just be the most likely landing spot for Cousins if the Kings do indeed deal him.
Mark J. Spears of Yahoo! Sports reported that, according to sources: “The Bobcats could make a run at trading for DeMarcus Cousins. They have young players and as many as three first-round picks next summer.”
Charlotte currently has the fourth-worst record in the NBA, so its pick would likely give the Kings realistic odds to land the No. 1 overall selection. If the Bobcats offered Bismack Biyombo, Jeff Taylor and two first-round picks, one of which could turn into the likes of Nerlens Noel or Shabazz Muhammad, Sac-Town would have to consider it.
David Daniels is a featured columnist at Bleacher Report and a syndicated writer.